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Kevin Pauwels dominates in Hasselt and picks up first victory in nearly three years of time

Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Bingoal) has the Soudal Classics race in Hasselt won. Pauwels dropped the competition is still halfway on the spot and drove afterwards authoritarian to the victory. It is his first victory since the closing price in Oostmalle on February 21, 2016. The absolute top riders such as Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert were not there in Hasselt: they are all on stage in order to prepare themselves for the rest of the season.

At the start, took Pauwels immediately the lead. The 34-year-old Kalmthoutenaar popped up after a good start as the first in the field. Pauwels immediately caught a small hole to the others, but still for the end of the first round came four riders permanently connection: Tim Merlier (Crelan-Charles), teammate Eli Iserbyt, Tom Meeusen and David van der Poel (both Corendon-Circus). In round two shook Pauwels a second time to the tree, but long he abode not go away.

In round three took Eli Iserbyt the command of his older team-mate. To the world champion of the beloftencategorie a mistake made. Pauwels did not hesitate and took matters back into the hands. Third time, good times: these times continued to be the rider of Marlux-Bingoal way. When the pursuers were Jens Adams (Pauwels Sauces-Vastgoedservice) and Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea cycling team Lions), last year’s winner, meanwhile, also come and join. Adams went quickly away, while the others for the last spot on the podium fought.

Pauwels built his lead steadily. Adams had in no time a small half a minute on the pants. Behind him Van Kessel and Iserbyt there is an exciting duel to the last spot on the podium. Just before the start of the final lap beat Iserbyt his battle: he clinched the final podium spot away. For Corendon-Circus was eventually a fourth and fifth place: Marcel Meisen and Tom Meeusen were both still on Kessel.

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